Hilton Head Rotary District 7770
    

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WELCOME to the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club.

We are a club of 150+ members located on beautiful Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Chartered in 1967, the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is the area's largest and oldest civic and service organization. The Club's members represent leaders in the business, professional, nonprofit, educational, governmental and retirement communities who share a common commitment to community service.
Thank you for visiting our website, we'd love to have you visit in person. Our meetings are held Thursdays at 12:30pm at the Sea Pines Country Club.

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Hilton Head Island Rotary Projetcs

Club Projects: Impressive History Of Community Service
Contributions to the community total more than $1.7 million.

Hilton Head Island Rotary Honors Norm Reeves

Rotarian and Centenarian:  Norm Reeves was honored, roasted, and maybe a little embarrassed with all of the attention he received at our Thursday Club meeting. It was a celebration of his 100th birthday and his 71 years of 100 percent attendance at weekly Rotary Club meetings. He did mention afterwards that he had gotten a doctor’s excuse at least one time for a surgical procedure.  Nothing is stopping Norm’s record . Well, as David Lauderdale innocently mentioned, there is also the matter about Norm being in charge of attendance records! Marc Stuckart stated during his roasting remarks that Norm is the Iron Man of Rotary.

A resolution from the mayor was read, our District Governor read a letter to Norm sent by the current President of Rotary International, and the club gave $4,936 in his name to the Rotary Foundation, which was also born 100 years ago with a donation of $26.50.  Thanks to the many Rotarians who made a donation in Norm’s honor to the Foundation. 

Norm’s father, also a Rotarian, started a construction company 98 years ago. Norm ran it after getting a degree in economics from the Wharton School of Business. Today, the third and fourth generations of the family are running it, still building churches, private schools, universities, senior-living communities and health care facilities.

Norm and his wife Maude retired to Hilton Head 24 years ago. About 30 family members were here or enroute here this past weekend to celebrate Norm’s birthday. Norm’s son Rob presented his father’s life story, including the time in 1927 that he had double pneumonia, mumps and whooping cough all at the same time—and obviously survived it all.

Norm performs at Memory Matters every Friday. His specialty is telling quick jokes—the cornier the better.  And he proudly keeps a diary of the jokes he tells so he never repeats them.  Needless to say, Norm spends time each week finding new jokes to tell.  He is also entertaining the musicians who are part of the weekly visits. The musicians presented him at the meeting with “The Silver Tongue Award, for a century of wit, wisdom and community service.”  

In his sage parting words, Rotarian Norm reminded members that Rotary is a “Service Club”, not a lunch social club, and “if you don’t want to work and do service, Get Out!”                     -Rob Lee-

Norm Reeves

Norm Reeves

 

Hilton Head Island Rotary's Brian Julius Wins Rotary International Award

The Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is pleased to announce that member Brian Julius has been awarded Rotary International's distinguished Service Above Self Award. This award is given annually to only 100 persons from Rotary International's membership of 1.2 million worldwide. Julius was recognized for his innovative "Speaking Books" program to carry the messages of polio eradication and healthy living to illiterate populations of the world.

To date, Julius has produced more than 60 educational books in 30+ languages on such topics as maternal child health, immunizations, hand washing, HIV, suicide prevention and teaching literacy. By simply pressing a button to the corresponding illustrated page, users are able to listen to the messages recorded in their own languages.

Rotary International's PolioPlus Program to eradicate polio became a new focus for "Speaking Books" in 2014. Working with Rotary, the World Health Organization and UNICEF, Julius began targeting Pakistan and Nigeria, the only two countries where polio still existed. Community workers and health professionals use the books to educate families on the steps to prevent polio and to dispel the fear of necessary immunizations. These books have become an important tool in Rotary International's efforts toward eradicating polio worldwide.

The Service Above Self Award was made to Brian Julius at the annual Rotary District 7770 Conference in Columbia last week.

Other honors presented to the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island included:

  1. Best House of Friendship Display" created by member Ron Farsetti;
  2. Club Leadership Citation;
  3. Presidential Citation;
  4. One of three finalists for Club of the Year.

Brian Julius awarded Rotary International's distinguished Service Above Self Award

Brian Julius, Rotary International's 2016 Service Above Self Award recipient, with Nancy Moody, District 7770 Conference Chair and Past District Governor

 

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August 4

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